Homeless people in Bournemouth will be able to enjoy a Christmas feast thanks to the generous goodwill of local school students.
Boys at Harewood College have created dozens of hampers, filled with food and drink, which they donated to the St Paul’s hostel in Bournemouth in time for Christmas Day.
Every year students from the college set themselves a Christmas challenge of collecting as much food as possible and making their hampers as creative as they can.
Executive headteacher, Debbie Godfrey-Phaure, said: “The boys go to great lengths every year to collect as much food as possible to make into creative hampers.
“It is wonderful to see the students embrace the real spirit of Christmas and to give to others in more need.”
The students are challenged to come up with the most inventive hampers in a fun competition to help boost their efforts.
Each of the 28 form groups designs its own hamper to represent a Christmas theme. This year they have varied from a nativity scene to a Christmas tree and even an electronic Christmas carousel.
And on the last day of term the students brought their bounty of goodies to school where they were presented at a special assembly.
Lorna Trent, fundraising manager at BCHA, which runs the St Paul’s hostel, said: “On behalf of BCHA and the vulnerable people we support I would like to say a big thank you to all the pupils and staff at Harewood College for their generosity.
“Many people come to us with very little, sometimes only the clothes they are wearing, so to be able to provide them with these gifts at Christmas can make a huge difference.
“We know that these presents will once again bring a lot of joy to the residents of St Pauls on Christmas day, and will let them know that someone is thinking of them this Christmas time.”